CAL Office for Research & Innovation (CORI)

The mission of the CAL Office for Research and Innovation is to support CAL faculty  research efforts and promote student research opportunities in CAL.

  • Supports CAL faculty in their research endeavors
  • Helps document and publicize CAL achievements in research and innovation
  • Helps to promote student research in CAL

CAL faculty and staff can access further informaiton on the CORI SharePoint page.


Cathy Cirina-Chiu, M.P.H., M.A.

Managing Director, CORI and SSRL
Arts & Letters, Room 374
(619) 594-1363
[email protected]

Cathy holds a master’s in Public Health from SDSU, a master’s in History of Art from UC Berkeley, and bachelor’s in Art & Society from Binghamton University

In her role at the SSRL, Cathy has partnered with PIs, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to conduct program evaluation and applied research in the areas of public health, sexual violence and climate on college campuses, criminal justice, youth development, and STEM education.

As Managing Director of CORI, Cathy will help develop and direct a one-stop resource for CAL faculty research needs. Cathy is a member of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals.

Dipthi Battapadi, M.A.

Senior Research Associate
Arts & Letters, Room 378
(619) 594-1671
[email protected]

Dipthi Battapadi has worked at the SSRL since 2013. She holds an M.A. in Communication from SDSU and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Mumbai. She has experience in program evaluation, survey research design, project management, data management, data processing, data analysis, report writing, and data visualization.

Dipthi is also the Qualtrics Ambassador for CAL and a member of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals.